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Vox Dei – a few Bible verses for after the election May 8, 2015

Posted by P, J, or J in Uncategorized.

It has been said that the voice of the people is the voice of God, but it was said a very long time ago and it was said in Latin, Alcuin of Yorkand people were disagreeing with the idea even back in the 9th century…

And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness

(if you want that in Latin see ‘the peoples encyclopedia’ on this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vox_populi#Proverbial_use )

This was originally posted after the 2015 UK election. I’m rereading it after the 2016 US elections and the serious bits apply in many other times and places too.

Lots of people are saying lots of things. Centuries ago God warned Israel against appointing a king like the other nations, and would probably have warned against copying other nations against putting too much trust in other styles of government too. We are however called to both pray for those in authority, to hold them to account, and to trust in God.

There are many possible verses to consider after an election. Like most soundbites you should be cautious about taking them out of context Ecclesiastes 10:2 , “A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.” was not Solomon’s endorsement of Conservatives. Psalm 109.8, “May his days be few; may another take his office! ” is not a model prayer for a defeated candidate for the winner.

Here are a few verses that may be helpful to reflect on.

Select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. (Exod 18.21, NIV)

Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (Ps 2.10-11)

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint. (Pr 25.19)

A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days. (Pr 28.16)

If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. (Pr 29.12, NIV)

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Tim 2:1-2, NIV)

(God said…) “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.” (2 Sam 23.3b-4)

More can be found listed on pages at http://www.openbible.info/topics/politics . You could also Google for other peoples lists or better still browse your Bible and find some yourself. Before an election I’d advise anyone to think, pray and vote. After an election the advice is think, pray for whoever was voted in, and continue to look to God.

Here are a couple of other good post (2015) election posts from people I know



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